Curator Medieval Department

Annemarieke Willemsen holding a Merovingian beaker (photo: Erik de Goederen 2014)Annemarieke Willemsen holding a Merovingian beaker (photo: Erik de Goederen 2014)

Dr. Annemarieke Willemsen

Curator Medieval Department

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Annemarieke Willemsen (1969) studied Art History & Archaeology at Radboud University Nijmegen, where she received her Ph.D. in 1998 for a thesis about late medieval children's toys. From 1993, she participated in various exhibition projects, including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Since 1999 she has been working at the National Museum of Antiquities as curator of the Medieval Department. There she is responsible for all finds from Dutch soil from the post-Roman era. Her interest focusses particularly on material culture (as a phenomenon as well) and daily life in the Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the child, play, education and fashion in the past.

Her trademark is the combination of sources: objects, images and texts, always in 'connection' with one another. In terms of subject matter, Annemarieke is ‘omnivorous': a Late Middle Ages specialist who at the National Museum of Antiquities is mainly occupied with Merovingian and Carolingian assemblages, who also published on the Romans and Vikings and also knows the objects from the 16th and 17th centuries.


  • Objects of daily use from the Roman era until the 17th century.
  • Material culture, daily life and the use of various types of sources.
  • Children, play, education and fashion in Roman, medieval and early modern times.

Key research projects

  • Medieval children's toys (1994-1998)
  • Roman toys (1999-2002)
  • The Vikings in the Netherlands (2003-2005)
  • Schools and Pupils in Western Europe, 1300-1600 (2001-2007)
  • Late-medieval belt decorations (2006-2012)
  • The Material Culture of Student Life, 1200-1600 (2008-)
  • L.J.F. Janssen and the excavations of Dorestad in the 19th Century (2009-)
  • Gloves, mittens, and gauntlets, 700-1700 (2013-2016)

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